Instructor: Dr. Faisal Hossain
E-Mail: fhossain@tntech.edu
Time & Place: MWF 9.05 AM – 10.00AM; PH 325
Office Phone: 372-3257; Office Location: PH332
Office Hours: Mon 2-5 pm (or by appointment – email is preferred first)

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Fundamental principles and design of water supply and storm sewer systems and their components, including pipes, pumps, storage facilities, open-channels, culverts.

Main Text

Gupta, R.S., Hydrology and Hydraulic Systems, Waveland Press, 3rd edition, 2001.

Course Objectives

Essential Objective:
Learn fundamental principles of designing hydraulic systems and components for water-supply and storm water drainage.

Secondary Objective:
Gain factual knowledge on terminology and use of methods of hydraulic engineering; Learn to apply course material to specific hydraulic engineering problems typically encountered in the professional world.


ME 3720 Fluid Mechanics (Required)

Essential Topics Covered

Estimating Water Demand and Availability of Water Supply through basic concepts of terrestrial hydrology;
Calculating peak flow Discharge for storm sewer design;
Calculating flow in open channels;
Calculating flow in closed-conduits (pipes);
Design of culverts;
Design of rigid boundary channels;
Estimating losses for pipes and design of water distribution system;
Design of pumps for water supply;
Design of Detention ponds;

Course Format

This semester an attempt will be made to adopt a teaching style that balances among lectures, reading assignments, homework and quizzes. Additionally, homework will comprise mini projects involving hydraulic design softwares. Discussions will be driven mainly through extensive homeworks and mini projects. There will be two exams during the semester and one final exam at the end of the semester. Final exam syllabus will cover the topics covered in the whole semester.


Lectures will be provided on an as-needed basis. Typically, the Monday and Wednesday of each week will be reserved for lectures and giving students an overview of each topic, the learning objectives and expectations in terms of homework and projects. The Thursdays of each week shall be reserved for homeworks and project assistance where more informal discussions and class participation will take place. Powerpoint lecture notes may be provided with the start of each new topic.

Reading Assignments

The reading assignments will be essentially based on the Text book. Additional reading material may be provided. Reading assignments will be designed so that students can be better prepared to interact during class discussions and be familiar with situations often encountered in engineering practice.


  • There will be about 10-12 sets of extensive homeworks, comprising problems provided in the Textbook and Hydraulic Design Softwares.
  • Homework WILL be graded, hence, doing it legibly and on time strongly encouraged.
  • Homework will be due a week from the day it is assigned. NO LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  • Solutions for all assigned homework problems may be posted on the bulletin board next to PH332.


There will be 3 exams (2 mid-terms, one final), punctuated with about 4-5 quizzes. All exams will be closed book and closed notes (formulas and conversion tables will be provided).


You are encouraged to work in groups on homework and project assignments. However, the assignments will have to be turned in independently. Striking similarities in assignment may therefore result in losing credit.

Grade Percentages

Homework – 40%
Exams – 50% (1st Exam 15%; 2nd Exam 15%; Final Exam 20%
Class Participation, Attendance and Quizzes -10%


The student will be required to submit various types of written assignments during the semester. The instructor requires that all written portions of the assignments be done in a professional manner (neatness, grammar, sentence structure, and spelling). Substandard work will be returned without a grade. Once the student has returned the corrected assignment, the instructor will determine the effect on the assignment grade. All laboratory and course project reports will be prepared using a word processing program.


Every CEE project report should be accompanied by an Executive Summary. The Executive Summary should include following information: a) Title of the report; b) Name(s) of the author(s); c) Objectives of the project; d) Outlines of project activities; e) Summary of project outcomes (findings); and f) Comments and discussions if any. The length of an Executive Summary should be less than a page. The Executive Summary should be placed after the cover page of a project report.


Students with disabilities (as defined by the American Disabilities Act) should contact me early in the semester about accommodations.